Juicing has become the rage, especially since Joe Cross’ documentary “Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead” hit the world of Netflix. Audiences could relate to the 100-pound-overweight Australian who had high blood pressure and who was enslaved to prescription drugs. Proponents of juicing claim that you can lower your blood pressure and cholesterol, eliminate many diseases, and essentially regain the health you lost from years of poor nutritional choices. The initial appeal of juicing is exciting, but the purchase of a juicer can be daunting, especially with the price investment of some models. Check out our blog for all you need to know about juicers. Here is an overview of some of the popular juicers on the market.
The Basic Citrus Press
The cheapest juicing option is to buy a basic citrus press. This can be a simple plastic bowl with a notched dome and a spout. You will manually press and turn your citrus fruits upon this dome, and the juice will run down into the base of the juicer. For a more intricate design, you can get a motorized version. Simply press the fruit on the dome, and the pressure will trigger the motor to spin the dome against the fruit’s pulp. The upside to this design is that it is basic and cheap. The downside to this option is that you cannot juice anything beyond oranges, grapefruit, lemons, and limes.
The Centrifugal Juicer
If you’re serious about juicing, the next step is to consider a centrifugal juicer. This design works with a spinning metal basket. The basket contains spiked blades at its base and small holes along its sides. As fruit and vegetables enter the juicer, the spinning basket’s spikes shred the pulp. The pulp is then pressed against the side holes and, due to the centrifugal force, the juice is pulled through the holes. The upside to this design is that it juices many types of fruits and vegetables. Depending on the brand, you can extract a decent amount of juice, and some designs proved larger chutes that allow juicing of whole fruits and vegetables. The downside is that some brands can’t handle certain foods like wheatgrass and leafy greens, and due to the high speed of the spinning process, the motors can be noisy.
The Masticating Juicer
The Masticating Juicer
When you chew your food, you are essentially grinding the food between your teeth so that it becomes a soft enough substance to swallow. The masticating juicers perform this same process. The juicer uses an auger-like tool that contains blades for grinding and squeezing the fruits, vegetables, and nuts. The upside to this design is that you have greater juicing options. You can make nut butters and fruit desserts. On the downside, the machines look more industrial and might be less appealing in your kitchen.
The Single Auger Juicer
This juicer is newer to the juicing scene. It contains a tool that looks like a large screw. This spiraled device pulls, slices, shreds, and masticates the produce as it is drawn down the spiral. The upside to this machine is its versatility and cleaning ease. It also excels at juicing wheatgrass and leafy greens. The motor works at a low RPM which not only minimizes the sound, but also creates less oxidation to the produce. This gentler, lower heat process protects the produce’s vitamins and enzymes, thus creating a more nutritious juice. The downside is that the juice can contain a lot of pulp if you do not use the additional strainer. The vegetables and fruits must be cut into small pieces, adding prep time.
The Twin Gear Press Juicer
Similar to a car’s transmission process, the twin gear press juicers contain two screw-like gears that spin beside one another. As food is pressed into the juicer, the gears shred and squeeze. The upside to this machine is its versatility with vegetables. While other machines struggle with the fibrous pulp, this machine thrives on denser foods because it uses the pulp to push the produce through the gears. Depending on the brand, it often comes with a fruit attachment to assist with fruit juicing, and it even comes with pasta making attachments. This design, as with the single auger juicer, uses a low RPM which produces the highest quality juice compared to other designs. The downside to the twin gear press is that the machine is best with vegetables; it is not as great with fruit. Also, the machine requires your strength to press the produce into the gears.
Choosing a juicer doesn’t have to be overwhelming. Based on your preferences for cost, volume, and nutritional output, your juicer purchase will potentially put you on the road to good health.